Fresh off the fall cresting of his Ride Waves Season 2 Tour, saxophone sensei GRiZ has released the fourth installment of his Bangers.Zip EP series. GRiZ started the collection with the first arm this past June, followed closely by Bangers.Zip in August, and Bangers.Zip in September. Each release has served in showcasing GRiZ’s fine-tuned production skills in a variety of musical styles. Bangers.Zip features funky beats and high-energy wobbles that old and new fans of the perennially get-down-friendly producer ought to enjoy.
Kicking off the three-track EP, house tune “Gonna Get Funky” is exactly what you’d expect from the title: a feel-good funky rhythm that’s concocted to get crowds moving. Following closely behind are ad lib-abundant tracks “Let’s Get Weird” and “Tiger Kingdom Space Camp,” two wildly creative tracks that highlight GRiZ’s signature big brass and wonky wobble sounds.
Robotaki has kept himself busy this year, with multiple single releases, a highly praised album Anachronism, a Hayley Kiyoko remix, and now a lusciously dreamy EP with two unique sides. The Toronto-based artist has put on an epic display of talent this 2019 and is solidifying his place amongst the great producers in today’s music industry.
Los Angeles/Quasar are two pillowy soft tracks released on ODESZA’s imprint, Foreign Family Collective. The first, “Los Angeles,” features Oregon native singer Maiah Manser, and her soft vocals overlay Robotaki’s dreamscape production. The song seems to ease muscle tension, as the listener sinks deeply into the track. “Quasar” is more instrumental but equally as soothing. The track features some guitar synths and slowed tempo makes the explosive drops brilliantly effective.
In 2017, FKJ burst into the public eye with the Masego-assisted “Tadow,” a jazzy neo-soul track that showcased both artists’ diverse skill sets. French Kiwi Juice, FKJ’s studio album released the same year, proved for many fans that he was more than a flash in the pan. Now, he’s back with his first extended release in two years.
“Ylang Ylang EP” is full of the lush, tranquil production we’ve come to expect from FKJ. The lone credited feature is given to rising Dreamville star Bas, who features on the EP’s lead single “Risk.” The title track arrives alongside an official video, which features FKJ amidst the jungle he recorded in and named the EP after.
“Last year I spent about six months in a very remote tropical place where I setup a studio,” FKJ writes in a recent press release. “There is almost no one there. No electricity. I was making music out of a generator that was running only by night. The most beautiful landscapes, mountains, beaches. It’s one of my favourite places in the world. When I made music there it felt kind of like a dream state.”
For six consecutive weeks, Kai Wachi showed consistency to be one of his strong suits, releasing a new single each week from his latest EP, All My Demons. The eighth week culminates in the grand finale: the project’s full-fledged debut.
The All My Demons preview that Kai Wachi afforded listeners in the time leading up to the EP’s arrival was hearty, but there’s still unheard Wachi sound to be sought on the full production. Streamers will find it in the form of “Vapula” and the eponymous “All My Demons.”
Wachi seizes streamers’ speakers with his visceral style of dubstep. All My Demons’ title track provides a kinetic kickstart to the electronic endeavor. Across the EP, eerie samples (note the alarm in “ASMODEUS”) intermingle with stabbing synths and anchored bass lines situated in the darkest of tonal depths. There’s a devilish allure to all the low-end activity on All My Demons. It distinguishes the effort as another no-holds-barred approach to bass from the producer—his hardcore listeners wouldn’t have it any other way.
TNGHT are officially back. It has been seven years since Hudson Mohawke and Lunice first came together under the TNGHT banner. The duo’s bombastic beats and larger-than-life sound largely helped propel trap music to popularity, while also informing the decade’s early hip-hop trends. As quickly as they came together though, TNGHT receded into radio silence about a year after their self-titled debut EP—until now. After a steady drip of singles this fall, TNGHT is back with a long-awaited follow up, aptly titled II.
Ahead of the EP came “Serpent,” “Dollaz,” and “First Body,” and now the full eight-track collection is available via Warp Records / LuckyMe. What’s more, the pair have also announced their live comeback, appearing in NYC before year’s end, followed by a limited run of 2020 dates across Europe. See TNGHT’s full itinerary and listen to their latest, II, below.
12 December 2019 – The Dance, NYC – USA 16 March 2020 – Village Underground, London – UK 17 March 2020 – Le Trabendo, Paris – FR 18 March 2020 – Gretchen, Berlin – DE 20 March 2020 – CBE, Cologne – DE 21 March 2020 – TivoliVredenburg – Ronda, Utrecht – NL 22 March 2020 – Orangerie, Brussels – BE
The New Zealand duo SACHI has had a jam-packed fall. Besides touring alongside Phantoms during their North American tour, SACHI has also dropped a new EP titled “Nights With Ruby”. I had the opportunity to ask the now Los Angeles residents about their recent accomplishments. Your fall tour is on the home stretch! How has
Brooding synths and infectious 80s backsound litter Power Glove’s newest 5-track treat, and it’s here just in time for Halloween. Chock full of all of your favorite classic thriller vibes, Throwback is set to be on repeat at everyones halloween party this season. Power Glove – Throwback EP Featuring nuanced synth-wave production and everything we know and love about
Crankdat is finally back with an absolute monstrous two-track EP. The “FEARWORLD” concept is aimed to impose fear into his peers, ready to wreak havoc onto any dancefloor. Delivering mind-boggling sound design, the Ohio based producer pulls it off once more; reminding us all why he’s gotten so much attention in the first place. Crankdat
LA based producer AHEE is here again to grace us all with a brand new single along with a full 5 track EP. Released via Gravitas Recordings, the title track “Spellbound” is a vibe filled, explosive adventure through sound that will most definitely take it’s listeners on for one hell of a ride. The “Spellbound”
TNGHT are in full comeback mode now. Hudson Mohawke and Lunice announced their first joint project in seven years, following up on their self-titled 2012 EP with and aptly titled II, due November 12. The new EP follows a stacked BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix, and lands by way of the duo’s longtime home, Warp Records/LuckyMe. News of the EP is also accompanied by the project’s artwork, tracklist, and a new song from the upcoming release, ‘Dollaz.’ According to the duo,
“While it doesn’t sound the same as the first record—the energy is,” Lunice said in statement, “This could only come from us.” Mohawke adds, “I think it’s a good indicator if something sounds weird and refreshing to us. It’s got to fuck with us a little bit when we’re listening to it.”
The pair’s hiatus-ending “Serpent” from earlier this fall may have leaned a little more experimental than TNGHT’s previous work, though their latest, “Dollaz” certainly bridges that gap, reviving the duo’s signature hip-hop-inspired maximalist knock. Listen below.